UFC on Fox Preview

It was a big week for the UFC. Former welterweight champion Matt Hughes officially announced his retirement (and was given a front office job), The Ultimate Fighter premiered for its 17th season and the UFC 158 press conference took place where Nick Diaz actually showed up. After all these things that took place there is still one more event to happen. The first UFC on Fox event of the year will take place and fans were given a stacked first card of the year. Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will take on John Dodson for the title, a grudge match between Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis will take place for the possibility of being called the No. 1 contender and it looks like it will feature Rampage Jackson’s final UFC fight.

Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson

Speed, speed and more speed. That’s what this fight is going to feature when these two fighters step into the cage. Johnson utilized his speed advantage in his fights with Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez, but in the fight with Dodson he may be facing a fighter that can match his speed. The other advantage Johnson may have is in his footwork and takedowns. He is very disciplined in his footwork getting in and out while landing a shot, but avoiding taking damage. Dodson will need to utilize his power advantage in this fight and if he can match Johnson’s speed this could set him up for a big day. He has the power to knockout bantamweights and has continued to show his power in the flyweight division with a knockout win over Jussier Formiga. This is a battle of power vs. speed and whoever has the bigger advantage in these categories will take the belt.

Rampage Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira

Rampage steps into the octagon for the final time after what has been a shaky relationship with the UFC brass the year. He will be taking on Glover Teixeira, a fighter that has been hyped up as the next big thing since entering the UFC. In this fight we will either see vintage Rampage who can win via knockout or we see the fighter that showed up against Ryan Bader and lost a lackluster decision. This fight will also gauge how talented Teixeira is. If he defeats Jackson in impressive fashion, it could set him up for a huge next fight, but I’m not ready to crown him the foil of Jon Jones yet.

Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone

This is a grudge match that has long been in the making, but injuries have pushed the fight back until now. Pettis is an extremely athletic fighter, but has sured up the other holes in his game such as takedown defense. We’ve seen Pettis throw vicious head kicks in his fights with Benson Henderson and Joe Lauzon, but now that he is a more well rounded fighter looking for another shot at Henderson. Cerrone has also taken huge strides forward since entering the UFC. He is 6-1 since entering the UFC with a loss to Nate Diaz his only blemish. Cerrone won in impressive fashion against Melvin Guillard in his last fight, but did get clipped a few times. If he can sure up the striking defense in this fight, it’s as close to a toss up fight as any we’ve seen.

UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson

Main Card:

Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson

Rampage Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira

Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone

Erik Koch vs. Ricardo Lamas

FX Prelims:

TJ Grant vs. Matt Wiman

Clay Guida vs. Hatsu Hioki

Mike Stumpf vs. Pascal Krauss

Ryan Bader vs. Vladimir Matyushenko

Mike Russow vs. Shawn Jordan

Rafael Natal vs. Sean Spencer

Facebook Prelims:

Simeon Thoreson vs. David Mitchell

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